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Two medical schools by April

Patna, Nov. 28: The state health department hopes to get medical colleges under Jaiprakash Narayan All India Institute of Medical Sciences (JPNAIIMS) on the outskirts of the capital and Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital, Bihta operational from the next academic session.

Principal secretary of the department Amarjeet Sinha announced this at a news meet in the state capital today.

Sinha said the medical college buildings at both the health hubs should be ready to start operations by April next year. On the occasion, he also outlined the achievements of the department in the past few years.

“In the state, an average of only 39 patients used to visit primary health centres each month in 2006, which has now reached 3,500-5,000. In the past year, about 6.25 crore people received treated in government-run medical colleges across the state. This indicates that the confidence of the people in government health establishments has immensely grown,” said Sinha.

Health secretary Sanjay Kumar said the government was serious towards solving the issue of bio-medical waste disposal generated in government and private hospitals.

“For this purpose, four plants are being set up at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), Patna, and medical colleges at Bhagalpur, Gaya and Muzaffarpur on a public-private partnership basis. While the plants at IGIMS and Bhagalpur Medical College have already started functioning, the other two will get operational soon. This will help us push for ISO certification for about 46 health institutions in the state,” Kumar said.

He added that apart from the skilled nursing laboratory at Patna and Hajipur, the state government was also in the process of starting mobile nursing laboratories in four districts with the health of Department of International Development (DFID), British government.

Reacting to the opposition by Bihar Health Services Association (BHSA) against introduction of biometric systems for doctors, Sinha said he did not mind marking his attendance through the system everyday.

“I am ready to do it myself and the system will soon be applicable to all the employees in the department. This move is aimed at bringing and ensuring accountability and transparency in the system,” said the principal secretary.

Yesterday, BHSA general secretary Ajay Kumar said: “If the government wants to correct the functioning of various departments, the same rule should apply to all gazetted officials of the state. Why is the government biased against the doctors?”

Kumar said an FIR was lodged against former Kaimur civil surgeon Uchit Lal Mandal who was recently suspended by the state government after he was found involved in embezzlement of funds.

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